Thinking Bobans (Bobbie fans) on Ms. Eakes: Says renee, “I’ve become a Boban because of her insightfulness” … and DSO816, “She’s an unheralded and spirited actress” … and Dana Webb, “She is so down to earth and balanced” … and more. See Comments below.
By Damon L. Jacobs
Before meeting Bobbie Eakes on SoapNet’s “Rock the Soap Cruise,” I knew she had talent, I knew she had beauty, I knew she had an amazing singing voice. What I didn’t know was how much humor, intelligence, and self-awareness had contributed to her portrayal of Krystal on All My Children. In our talk at sea, she she shared life lessons, reflections on a 20-year career in soaps, and why Krystal’s recent behavior makes perfect sense.
D: So Krystal has had a very hard past year losing her daughter Babe. How have you approached this as an actress?
B: Well, at the point she lost Babe I really had not lost anyone that close to me. But since then I have. My mother-in-law and father-in-law died within ten days of each other, that was after Babe died. We were really close to them … I was really close to them. Loss of a close family member can be so devastating. I don’t have any children. So, as an actor you just have to imagine what that would be like to lose a daughter. People say having a child is the most amazing experience and if you lose a child it’s the worst thing in the world. So I go on what people tell me. You put yourself in a state where you imagine what it’s like to go through that.
D: It seemed like Krystal was trying to numb herself out with pills so she wouldn’t have to go through that.
B: Well, that wasn’t her intention, but David Hayward came along and [Read more…]